Petition to sue Anakbayan's Panday Sining over vandalism gains public support

Petition to sue Anakbayan's Panday Sining over vandalism gains public support

Vandalism is called as such for a reason.
The recent spat between the Manila City officials and the cultural youth group Panday Sining’s vandalism of Manila’s public places has opened a can of worms of debate, all of which clearly calls for a demarcation line between the freedom of speech and a legal action for such vandalism.

Over 9,000 signatories has signed a petition calling for Manila city government’s filing of appropriate charges against Panday Sining, the petition was spearheaded by Hands Off Our Children Movement.
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“Panday Sining vandalized some parts in the City of Manila. They have since justified [these] actions as a form of protest ‘art’ to the dismay of so many Filipinos,” the petition read.

“With this petition, we intend to request the City of Manila to pursue legal action against the groups who did this [vandalism],” it added.

The group wants to show by the signed petitions that the city government headed by Mayor Isko Moreno has the support of “a large number of Filipinos who [have] have grown tired and fed up with their (Panday Sining) activism.’”
Panday Sining, is the so-called cultural arm of Anakbayan, that has has been tagged as the culprits after they marred the recently-painted Lagusnilad Underpass with anti-government graffiti.
The Lagusnilad Underpass was painted with red phrases that stressed the need for the Philippines’ independence; advocates for a war against martial law; and calls for the lower commodity prices and higher basic pay.

The Manila City government’s Ordinance 7971, which penalizes any person who vandalizes public and private property, remains in effect. A violator will face a fine of up to PHP5,000 or imprisonment of up to one year, or both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.
Panday Sining already apologized to Manila Mayor Isko, but was rejected by the latter.

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